New cemetery vandalised, mourners robbed

The new Letlhabile cemetery near Brits is already in an advanced state of neglect with roofs of building and palisades stolen and graves being vandalised. On top of this, criminals hide in the long grass that has not been cut and rob mourners of valuables, the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Madibeng said last week.

Graves are being vandalised at the new Letlhabile cemetery.

“The DA is concerned with the municipality‚Äôs lack of maintenance at the new Letlhabile Cemetery. There is currently no adequate security at the cemetery, palisades and roof tiles are being stolen while the main gate, the roof of the guardroom, toilets, and tombstones are regularly vandalised. The state of the cemetery is at an advanced stage of neglect. The grass has not been cut recently, providing criminals with cover to attack and rob mourning residents visiting the graves of loved ones,” said DA councillor Mahlase Moloi

“Despite the terrible neglect of the cemetery, the municipality continues to charge expensive fees for burial. Residents of Letlhabile are charged R1 365 for a standard grave for burial between Monday to Saturday and R2 488 for a burial on a Sunday or on a public holiday. For a casket grave, residents are charged R1 702 for a burial between Monday and Saturday and R2 825,00 on a Sunday or a public holiday. For the burial of children, residents are charged R709 between Monday and Saturday.”

Moloi said the DA will write to the MMC for Community Development in Madibeng, Cllr Lindiwe Mhlambi, and the Municipal Manager, Motlalekgomo Mmope, requesting them to immediately service the cemetery and make the necessary security arrangements to prevent criminal activity and vandalism.